Ellis Parker Butler

5 December 1869 - 13 September 1937 / Muscatine / Iowa / United States

A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy -

Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere,
To think that one I held so dear
Should use a base deceiver’s art
To trifle with my loving heart.

A brand new ten-cent valentine
With lace and hearts and verses fine,
I sent to show my love for thee
And in return you send to me
The one I sent to you last year,
Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere.
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